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The Crooked Stovepipe: Athapaskan Fiddle Music and Square Dancing in Northeast Alaska and Northwest Canada
by Craig Mishler
University of Illinois Press, 1993
Cloth: 978-0-252-01996-8
Library of Congress Classification ML3557.M6 1993
Dewey Decimal Classification 781.62972

Named for a popular local fiddle tune, The Crooked Stovepipe is a rollicking, detailed, first-ever study of the indigenous fiddle music and social dancing enjoyed by the Gwich'in Athapskan Indians and other tribal groups in northeast Alaska, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories. Though the music has obvious roots in the British Isles, French Canada, and the American South, the Gwich'in have used it in shaping their own aesthetic, which is apparent in their choice of fiddle tunings, bowing techniques, foot clogging, dances, and a distinctively stratified tune repertoire.

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